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PLM2008 :: 11-14 September 2008

PLM2008 Workshop Session: Scope of theory and practice in contemporary Celtic Studies

Given their peripherality, and the context in which they are spoken, the modern Celtic languages have often been underrepresented in the wider fields of cross-disciplinary research and teaching. As a consequence, a tendency towards perfunctory or superficial description of these languages may be observed, whether sociolinguistically, grammatically, or in relation to the respective literatures of Welsh, Gaelic and Breton.

Inherent developments in the Celtic languages, their historical impact on other language groups, and the consequences of recent and ongoing contact with, for example, English and French, are research areas harbouring much potential for future work, and many modern scientific theories have yet been applied to the Celtic languages in only the most rudimentary of ways.

Given this climate and set of circumstances, our one-day session aims to provide a platform for the discussion of recent findings in the synchronic and diachronic description of the Celtic languages. Included here, for example, are current changes whereby, on the one hand, interaction between native speakers is becoming rarer, and, on the other, the proportion of second-language speakers of the Celtic tongues increases.

Papers are invited from established scholars and from postgraduate students alike. Contributions are expected from the traditional Celtic regions, and also from Spain, Germany and Poland. As Celtic Studies is a developing academic field in Poland, a panel for the exchange of latest outcomes of research is needed. As such we are happy to announce that papers read at the meeting shall be published.

Session organiser

Sabine Heinz (Adam Mickiewicz University), e-mail: preifat (at)
(In the address above, replace (at) with @)

Selected bibliography

(confined to latest monographs and major journals)

Celtic Forum

Journal of Celtic Language Learning

Journal of Celtic Linguistics

Studia Celtica ZcP – Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie

Ball, Martin, Williams, B., Welsh Phonetics, The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, 2001.

Ball, Martin (eds.), The Celtic Languages (Routledge Language Family Descriptions), London, 2002.

Birkhan, Helmut (ed.), Bausteine zum Studium der Keltologie, Vienna, Edition Praesens, 2005.

Birkhan, Helmut (ed.), Kelten-Einfälle an der Donau, Akademieverlag, Wien, 2006.

Bloch-Trojnar, Maria, Polyfunctionality in Morphology. A Study of Verbal Nouns in Modern Irish, Lublin Studies in Celtic Languages, vol 3, Lublin. 2006.

Borsley, Robert D., M. Tallerman and D. Willis, The Syntax of Welsh, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007.

Borsley, Robert D., Jones, B.M, Welsh Negation and Grammatical Theory, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2005.

Borsley, Robert D., Roberts, Ian, The Syntax of the Celtic Languages: A Comparative Perspective, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005.

Breeze, Andrew, Notes and Queries, OUP, Oxford, 2007. Broderick, George, Place-Names of the Isle of Man. Vol. 5, Sheading of Middle, Niemeyer Verlag, Tübingen, 2000.

Broderick, George, Place-Names of the Isle of Man. Vol. 6, Sheading of Rushen, Niemeyer Verlag, Tübingen, 2002.

Broderick, George, Place-Names of the Isle of Man. Vol. 7, Douglas and Appendices, Niemeyer Verlag, Tübingen, 2005.

Broderick, George, A Dictionary of Manx Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (University of Nottingham), 2006.

Broderick, George, Paul Cavill (eds.), Language Contact in the Place-Names of Britain and Ireland. English Place-Name Society, Nottingham, 2007.

Coates, A. Breeze, D. Horowitz, Celtic Voices, English Places: Studies of the Celtic Impact on Place-Names in England, Stamford, 2000.

Doyle, Aidan, Covert and Overt Pronominals in Irish. Lublin Studies in Celtic Languages, vol. 1, Lublin, 2002.

Falileyev, Alexander, Etymological Glossary of Old Welsh, Niemeyer Verlag, Tübingen, 2000.

Heinz, Sabine, Welsh Dictionaries in the twentieth century: a critical analysis, München, LINCOM EUROPA, 2003.

Jaskuła, Krzysztof, Ancient Sound Changes and Old Irish Phonology. Lublin Studies in Celtic Languages, vol. 4, Lublin, 2006.

Mac Mathúna, Séamus, Maxim Fomin, Parallels between Celtic and Slavic, Studia Celto-Slavica l, Stationery Office, Coleraine, 2006.

O’Neill, Diarmuid, Rebuilding the Celtic Languages: Reversing Language Shift in the Celtic Countries, Y Lolfa, Talybont, 2004.

Ó hUiginn, Ruairí , Ceist Na Gaeilge, An Sagart, 2001

Ó hUiginn, Ruairí et al., Bealra: Aisti Ar Theangeolaiocht Na Gaeilge, An Sagart, 2001.

Roelcke, Torsten (ed.), Variationstypologie - Ein sprachtypologisches Handbuch zu den Europäischen Sprachen in Geschichte und Gegenwart, de Gruyter, Berlin, 2003.

Schrijver, Peter, Studies in British Celtic Historical Phonology, Leiden Studies in Indo-European 5, Amsterdam, 1995.

Sims-Williams, Patrick, The Celtic Inscriptions of Britain: Phonology and Chronology, c. 400-1200, OUP, Oxford, 2003.

Sims-Williams, Patrick, Studies on Celtic Languages before the Year 1000, CMCS Publications, Aberystwyth 2007. Tristram, Hildegard, The Celtic Englishes I-IV, Buske Verlag, Hamburg, 1997-2006.